Businesses close, immigrants stay home to protest Trump Feb 17, 2017 0 157 12345 ReutersNEW YORK/RALEIGHMore than 100 restaurants and dozens of other businesses in cities around the United States shut their doors on Thursday to show support for 'A Day Without Immigrants,' a walkout aimed at protesting President Donald Trump's policies.Activists called on immigrants to stay home from work, avoid shopping and eating out and skip classes in an effort to highlight the vital role they play in American society.The protest was prompted by Trump's vows to crack down on illegal immigration and his executive order, which was put on hold by federal courts, that temporarily banned travel to the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries. Immigrant rights' groups expressed alarm after federal raids last week in which more than 680 people illegally in the country were arrested.The nature of the action made it difficult to ascertain how many immigrants were participating or to measure the economic impact, though local news media in cities like Minneapolis and Austin, Texas, reported that dozens of businesses were shuttered.Approximately 700 people showed up at a rally in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina."We add to the economy and society," said Kia Allah, 32, a teacher who is Muslim and described herself as half Puerto Rican and half black."Sometimes people don't listen until it hits their pockets.Numerous restaurants, which often depend heavily on immigrant staff, closed for the day in Washington, New York, Chicago and other cities. The media site Uproxx kept a running tally of closed restaurants based on social media and local reports that exceeded 135 by midday.Celebrity chefs such as Jose Andres in Washington and Rick Bayless in Chicago closed restaurants in solidarity with protesters. A number of restaurants that remained open said they would donate part of their profits to pro-immigrant groups."People that never missed one day of work are telling you they don't want to work on Thursday," the Spanish-born Andres said on Wednesday."They want to say, 'Here we are,' by not showing up. The least I could do was to say, OK, we stand by you." POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES US-Russia military collaboration ruled out for now, says Mattis Feb 17, 2017 0 427 Tensions flare as Trump spars with Venezuela leader Feb 17, 2017 0 180 Newspapers aim to ride 'Trump Bump'to reach readers, advertisers Feb 17, 2017 0 132 Trump to replace travel ban order 'in the near future' Reuters SAN FRANCISCO US PRESIDENT Donald Trump will replace his executive order suspending travel from seven Muslim-majority countries 'in the near future,' according to a Justice Department court filing .. Trump taps first Hispanic cabinet pick to labour post Washington President Donald Trump announced Thursday he has nominated Alexander Acosta to be labour secretary, the first Hispanic chosen for his cabinet. Acosta is the dean of the law school at Florida International .. Brazil police target former senator in bribery probe BRASILIA Brazilian police targeted the son of Senator Edison Lob'e3o, a former energy minister and a prominent politician in a search and seizure operations on Thursday, in an investigation of possible bribes paid .. Police bust cocaine trafficking ring in Colombia Rome Police said Thursday they have arrested 68 suspected members of an international drug trafficking ring made up of mobsters and businessmen that was about to smuggle eight tonnes of cocaine from Colombia to Italy. ..